sin tax


Definition of sin tax

: a tax on substances or activities considered sinful or harmful (such as tobacco, alcohol, or gambling)

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Recent Examples on the Web About $8 million of the total price tag comes from Cleveland’s share of a countywide tax on alcohol and cigarette sales, known as the sin tax. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 9 June 2022 Cuyahoga’s funding sources are even less certain, relying on annual revenues of $3 million from the bed tax, $2.5 million from the sin tax on alcohol and cigarettes, $2.5 million from the general fund, and about $300,000 from unspecified sources. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021 The county’s general fund could be on the hook for quite a bit more, especially if the deal’s primary revenue streams, like the sin tax or bed tax, don’t’ perform to expectation. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 24 Nov. 2021 But again, the sin tax is set to expire in 2034, and revenues from the bed tax have underperformed since the start of the pandemic. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021 May 1990: Cuyahoga County voters approved a 15-year sin tax on alcohol and cigarettes to help fund the complex. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2021 The tax on executive salaries above $1 million was envisioned as a sort of sin tax. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 15 Mar. 2021 And a plastic tax is a sort of sin tax, only on a global scale. Matt Simon, Wired, 4 Aug. 2020 But sin tax revenues have dropped in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Franz said. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2020 See More

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Sin tax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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